It’s been a tough year for celebrity couples. We saw the shocking breakdown of Brangelina that ended on reportedly violent terms. But they are not alone! Tarek and Christina El Moussa are a married couple who host Flip or Flop on HGTV. Their show is all about flipping houses in Southern California in hopes of gaining a profit. Now they are separating after dramatic news of an altercation.
HGTV has since made a statement standing by the separated stars. “We admire and appreciate Tarek and Christina’s great work on Flip or Flop,” said the statement according to ET Online. “When it comes to matters related to their own family, we respect their privacy and honor any decision that works best for them and their children. HGTV is currently airing episodes of Flip or Flop and the series will continue production as scheduled.” So what exactly is going on? Here are the 12 things we know about their separation.
1. They had a dangerous altercation and the police were called
In May, the police responded to “a call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun,” according to TMZ. Tarek reportedly grabbed a gun from his safe at the couple’s Orange County home. He then went out the back door and ran down the hiking trail. Christina ran out of the house afterward crying. There were 11 deputies and a helicopter that responded to the incident. They found Tarek on the trail who claimed he needed to “blow off some steam” and brought the gun to protect himself from rattlesnakes and mountain lions.
2. They announced their separation
The couple has actually been secretly separated since May, but the news of their altercation forced them to go public. The couple announced their split on December 12, 2016 after seven years of marriage and having two children. “Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” the couple told PEOPLE. “We had an unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago and the police were called to our house in an abundance of caution. There was no violence and no charges were filed.” They continued, “We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”
3. Christina is reportedly dating contractor Gary Anderson
It looks like the blonde is moving on and has been dating contractor Gary Anderson months after the police were called on Tarek. Anderson was also reportedly at their home at the time of the incident. “Christina El Moussa had an available crying shoulder when hubby Tarek took off with a gun … a man who not only witnessed the incident but later ended up dating Christina,” TMZ reported.
Their relationship also reportedly may have started before the couple broke up. “Tarek saw [Christina]’s phone and [believed] there was some inappropriate texting going on between her and Gary,” a source revealed to Hollywood Life. “That’s when he blew up.”
4. Tarek reportedly hooked up with their nanny
It looks like Tarek is also moving on from their relationship. He reportedly hooked up with the nanny the couple hired to help out with their two kids. This was four months after they split up, according to TMZ.
In order to avoid dating an employee, he reportedly fired her in order to pursue a relationship with her.
5. Their show will go on
The couple will try to play nice in order to continue Flip or Flop. According to E!, the show is scheduled to continue into the next year. However, this is due to contractual obligations and an insider revealed “the show will end after that.” Whether this will actually be the case remains to be seen.
6. Money kept them from divorcing immediately
They may be separated, but don’t expect either of them to file for divorce any time soon. This is because money is keeping them together. A source told Hollywood Life:
Their plan for now is to continue to co-mingle their financial lives until they can figure out an amicable dissolution of assets. Now that Christina and Tarek have split, the couple is facing the daunting and difficult process of trying to split up all their assets. They have worked for years as a couple building a future together, and now they are faced with the hard challenge of dividing up their fortune.
7. One of their problems is that they’re incompatible
Their differences probably were good for television, but not so good for their marriage. “In a lot of ways they just seemed wildly incompatible,” a source told PEOPLE. “She has champagne tastes, and he’s a beer-from-a-can kind of guy.” The source then continued to explain that their lifestyle change really made the differences apparent
And that was okay for a while when all they could afford was canned beer — they were on the same page, working together to make it and to do the best with what they had. But the stardom from the show, and the money from the show, meant that she started to feel like she could finally have some of the finer things in life.
8. Before their separation, Tarek had cancer
Sometimes tough experiences can make or break a relationship. Before they split, Tarek tested positive for thyroid cancer in 2013. Ever since, he has been in remission. However, that wasn’t the end of the couple’s health issues.
9. They also had trouble getting pregnant
Tarek’s cancer treatment affected their plans to have their second child because Tarek needed radiation. The couple tried getting pregnant through IVF, but it failed twice, with one pregnancy ending in a miscarriage. Eventually they were successful and now they have two kids.
10. They celebrated the holidays separately
The separated couple is making the big transition to getting the kids adapted to their new arrangement. Both of them posted their own separate Christmas photos with the kids on Instagram.
11. Tarek filed for divorce in January
It looks like they are moving forward with their separation. Tarek filed for divorce on January 9, according to PEOPLE. They have yet to make another statement since this.
12. Christina “thinks Tarek is an absolute pig”
Things don’t seem like they are simmering down between the two. “The mood differs day to day, but Christina avoids Tarek,” a source told Us Weekly, saying,”He does things to piss her off, like bragging loudly about sleeping with girls.” The source then added that “she thinks Tarek is an absolute pig.”
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